Games used to be seen as a child’s activity, something you outgrow and stop playing at a certain age. However, video games have proven to be much more than that. They have helped many people in their daily lives and even changed the lives of some people.
With the video game industry already quite mature, where can we go? What can we expect to see in the future?
Games at the heart of the education system
Esports as an extracurricular activity is great, but gaming shouldn’t just be seen as an extracurricular activity.
Games have made many people interested in history, science, music and more. Games can help students better absorb lessons through visual and interactive experiences. Imagine a history lesson where you play the role of a soldier, like in Call of Duty, discovering the battlefield and the battles each side had to fight. Or economic concepts through farming simulators and city building games.
These games will provide a solid foundation for understanding, making it easier for students to understand the concepts in their textbooks. Games and textbooks can even work together, with the textbooks explaining the concepts within the game and students experimenting with them in the game.
Students would be able to absorb and internalize the concepts much better than just listening to a professor or reading about them. Games would not replace reading, but would provide more opportunities for students who learn through different means.
Consoles can become exclusive subscription services
Building a computer more powerful than a console has never been impossible, but it’s getting easier and easier to build one that’s more powerful while costing a lot less. You probably won’t even need a powerful computer to play the games you want because cloud gaming is getting better in the future.
With Sony putting many of its former PlayStation-exclusive games on Steam and Microsoft putting its Xbox-exclusive games on Xbox Game Pass, the lure of a dedicated home console is becoming a thing. If you’re looking to get the most out of your gaming service subscription budget, consider a comparison between PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass.
In the future, physical consoles may no longer make sense. We buy consoles just to play them, and if you can play them on a PC or cloud service that offers a smoother gaming experience, what else is there?
Like cloud gaming services like Google’s Stadia, NVIDIA Shield, and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming service, consoles can become a service where you subscribe to your devices instead of buying a console. You would have access to the respective stores and you could buy and download games if you have a powerful device, or you could play them in the cloud for those who don’t want to build a PC.
There are already smart TVs that offer cloud gaming services right in the menu, without even needing a console. Since Sony has such a large share of the TV market, it could bundle it with a free subscription to its cloud gaming services for five years or something similar.
The future of gaming is mobile
To continue the console discussion, we’d like to mention the genius of the Nintendo Switch. Although it doesn’t have as much computing power as a non-mobile console, it paved the way for more powerful mobile systems that threaten home consoles.
Mobile gaming brands like Aya, OneXPlayer, GPD and now Valve with Steam Deck are joining the market with impressive hardware that costs just $649 for the most expensive version. Check out this Steam Deck review if you’re interested in its capabilities.
While these mobile gaming devices are nowhere near non-mobile consoles, Microsoft and Sony should start thinking about the mobile market, as portable options will certainly arrive and possibly make home consoles obsolete.
Wearable VR in the future
It’s already known that mobile gaming is a big part of the future of gaming, but the only thing holding it back is the small screen. While we know we can’t take our TVs with us because that defeats the purpose of portability, we know that VR is capable of creating an entire world in front of us with just a headset.
Instead of bringing a big TV with you, you can just pack a VR headset that can simulate an entire room or even just a big screen. You don’t have to settle for the tiny screen of your handheld gamepad, you can play on a 72-inch TV simulated in VR.
Why stop there? Eventually, portable VR will be powerful enough to play full VR games on its own. However, it can feel weird to wave your arms and point the controller at random people in public, so VR games that use a traditional gamepad might be better.
The rise of VR
Virtual reality is on the verge of mainstream adoption and is proving to be more than just a passing trend. VR is unmatched in its immersion factor, and immersion is an important part of the gaming experience. The future of VR is fantastic, and you can also check out how VR has improved over the 90s if you’re interested in the history of VR.
The metaverse of virtual reality and video games
Almost everyone has heard of the Metaverse and the exciting things it can bring. But what can the metaverse do for gaming?
If you’ve seen Ready Player One, we think the metaverse will become something similar in terms of gaming. In the movie, there were markets, hangouts, and basically a universe where you could go visit your friends game instead of starting a game.
Since in-game items, like in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, are sold and traded on the Steam Marketplace, you can also have a “tangible” marketplace for in-game items where you can grab the items, review them, try them out and have a more store-like experience when purchasing in-game items. A VR marketplace will be much more immersive and interactive than simply viewing a photo of the item before purchasing it.
RPGs have never gone out of style and will only thrive with the metaverse. RPGs are the perfect game type for metaverses, especially open world games with lots of rare and valuable items that players can buy and sell in a metaverse market.
The future of gaming is bright
Games have changed the lives of so many people and they will continue to do so in one way or another. Video games are deeply integrated into our modern society and can no longer be ignored or taken for granted.
We can’t wait to see how far we can go and where video games will take us. What do you think the future of video games will be like?